Originally Posted by Brian323
Lol. You dont need years of experience to know what you like. Most consumers I would assume buy within the first hour of listening (thats what I do), an initial impression of stereo equipment to your ears is what you will buy. (At most a week). That is ofcourse you are a tech junkie with home theatre equipment trying to note every frequency that your equipment is hitting in your movie viewing. That ofcourse comes with a comprimise of not enjoying home theatre for what it is. A time to just enjoy it for what it is to your ears.
Trying to dig into frequency notes hitting while watching a movie, kind of defeats the whole purpose dosent it?
No you don't need years of experience to know what you like. But the fact of the matter is that your preferences, your tastes, and even your ability to discern differences changes with time. Are you really eating the exact same food you did when you were a toddler? Do you watch the exact same shows you did when you were 6? Do you have the exact same conversations with your friends and family that did when you were a teenager? I certainly hope not. I spent months trying to decide what speakers to buy and I am relieved that I did. The speakers that initially caught my attention in the first hour (B&W 803D) fell further and further down my list of choices and I ended up with something completely different.
Having been in AV sales for a number years, I know that you are correct in saying that most consumers buy within the first hour. I also know that consumers who take the time to really demo different options and take their time to make a decision are much happier with their purchase, and that isn't just for high dollar equipment either.
And I'm not quite sure what you mean by not enjoying home theater for what it is. I can promise you that I enjoy my HT set-up more than any one I know (though probably not here on AVS, there are some real crazies on here
). I would also guess that, like me, a lot of people on here see HT and audio as a hobby and a journey. That's why we buy, sell, trade, and upgrade. It's fun. And we get a huge amount of enjoyment out of the process. If your ears are really so insensitive that you cannot discern differences, fine. But don't try and convince us that we are wasting our money.